All first-time dads leave the maternity hospital with high expectations for their baby. But the secret is not to charge yourself too much, not to demand too much and to take it easy at all times. Her habits have obviously changed and her sleep will not be the same, after all mother’s sleep before birth and one, and mother’s sleep after birth will be another , but don’t be scared everything is a matter of adaptation and time.
It is natural that a number of doubts and a flurry of questions arise regarding your new routine: How will the baby sleep? From how many months and when does the baby sleep all night? How will it be to breastfeed? The first bath, and so follows an extensive list of questions.
How to Sleep Well After the Baby Arrives
Every mother’s desire is to spend most of her time with her child, not to miss anything, every gesture, smile, grimace, crying, everything is important and worthy of being recorded. The newborn baby requires a lot of attention and is a phase where the mother sleeps very little due to breastfeeding and other care.
But it is necessary to have an adaptation so that this whole routine does not become exhausting for the woman. We have made a list with some tips that can help mom to recover from tiredness and fatigue by reducing the quality of sleep.
- The important thing is not the number of hours slept, but the quality of sleep . Take the opportunity to sleep with each baby’s nap during the day, this period will help you recover your energy and restore lost sleep during the night.
- A mother’s sleep is super important not only to avoid fatigue and stress, but also for her health, so ask your dad, mother, mother-in-law or someone you trust for help at least in the first few months where the baby wakes up a lot during at night.
- Rest during breastfeeding : Use appropriate pillows for breastfeeding, so support your arms and another tip is to breastfeed lying down, placing the baby on its side with the head slightly raised.
- Try to create a pleasant environment for sleeping : Turn off the lights and leave the environment in silence, try to disconnect from everything, if you can count on the help of an electronic nanny who are placed next to the baby and pick up noise, so you can relax and rest most.
- Breastfeeding contributes a lot to mom’s sleep , because the prolactin that is the hormone that produces breast milk is a great natural sleep aid.
Mother and Baby Health
Mom’s sleep is necessary to ensure physical and emotional health, thus avoiding anxiety, mood swings or even postpartum depression . Usually in the first months after the baby is born, mothers tend to have dark circles and intense fatigue due to alternate sleep times during the night.
This is the time to ask for help, after all your health has to be up to date to be able to take good care of your baby. Resting and restoring your energies is necessary and remember, your little one, has a lot of sensitivity and ends up capturing all your energy, whether positive or negative.
In this case , your baby’s health is also affected, as he feels all his tension causing great cries and severe cramps, the important thing at this point is to delegate functions, both for homework and help with the baby.
Another item of great importance is food, drink plenty of fluids like water, juices or make fruit smoothies, have a balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables, don’t be in a hurry to eat slowly.
When does the baby sleep all night?
There is no rule that should be followed regarding the baby’s sleep, there is a child who sleeps all night since he was born and during the day as well. And there are other children who are about to turn two and have trouble sleeping at night and during the day.
When the baby comes home it is impossible to know what it will be like. Just the time to say what the routine will be like and whether the baby sleeps all night or will wake up to breastfeed several times. But lake is very important to help everything get on track, try to follow the same time for bathing, breastfeeding, walking and providing a peaceful environment, with soft music and little clarity. Creating a sleep routine always helps!
Remembering that each child has a different biological clock in relation to sleep, some sleep too much and easily fall asleep, others already sleep less and have more difficulty in initiating sleep.
For children it is important to have schedules and rules and create a sleep ritual, this act helps your little one to sleep, he enters a routine where the brain receives the information and begins to slow down, slowing down the pace to rest.
The goal is that the child does not have to work to start sleeping, sleep all night and thus remain calmer and healthier. Start your ritual always respecting your baby’s biological time, follow your sensitivity by being flexible at times, the baby’s mood and tiredness arrive before then proceed with the procedure.
The sleep ritual requires a lot of patience, sometimes the baby rejects the procedures , the important thing is not to force and keep him calm, give him a bath without too many games, brush his teeth, for babies without teeth do the cleaning of the mouth, create the habit and he will take this for the rest of his life and put on a pijirinha, it should be suitable with respect to the climate.
It is important that dad be part of this ritual as it is a moment of affection and tenderness for the child, being able to have a massage, talk with the child or even tell a story. It should not be more than fifteen minutes and after the mother takes on the sleep ritual to make her little one sleep.
Baby Sleep Cycle
Many mothers, due to lack of knowledge, end up disturbing this child’s sleep cycle, just a whimper from the child and end up waking up the baby who is angry and crying.
To better understand the baby’s sleep cycle are composed of five phases, first, drowsiness, second, entering deep sleep, third, deep sleep, fourth phase, lighter sleep (REM), fifth, partially awake.
- Drowsiness – The body releases melatonin is a substance that induces sleep being produced by the brain.
- Starting deep sleep – Transition between one phase and another, the heartbeat and breathing are decreasing.
- Deep sleep – The baby is immobile and at this moment the growth hormone is released.
- Lighter sleep – At this moment the baby quickly moves his eyes, the REM (Rapid Eye MOvement) moment, in this phase dreams happen.
- Partially awake – It is a moment of transition between one phase and another, with the end of the cycle lasting forty to fifty minutes of sleep.
The baby’s first year of life requires a lot of calm and patience from mom, but there is no reason for despair, your baby just needs a lot of attention, love and a harmonious family environment. In time, everything will come into its own, and the routine of your home will be adequate.
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My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.